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Why Are There So Many Pissing Contests In The Marijuana Industry/Movement?

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marijuana industry movementI first got involved in marijuana activism in 1998 when Oregon activists campaigned for, and passed, medical marijuana legalization. I was in high school at the time, and did the best I could to raise awareness for the effort, attended some gatherings, and posted newspaper articles in my locker (which didn’t go over well with my high school obviously!). It wasn’t the most dominant activist effort of all time, but it was what I could do at the time given the restraints of being a minor in high school.

I dramatically stepped up my activism when I co-founded this blog with Jay Smoker in January 2010. I attended far more events and meetings than I had in the past, and tried as hard as I could to be a part of as many reform efforts as possible. Something that I saw over and over when I got more active, and still see to this day, is too many people trying to win pissing contests instead of focusing on the task at hand. It has really turned me off, to the point that I rarely attend meetings anymore. I have seen similar ‘one up contests’ in the marijuana industry as well. I also attend far less business meetings than I used to with companies as a result.

There are probably many reasons that contribute to this issue in the marijuana reform movement and industry, but I think there are two contributing factors that are mostly responsible. First, the marijuana blackmarket was largely based upon pride and ego, with this person thinking they had the best marijuana, and another person thinking they had the best. Everyone thought that they knew more than the next person about all things marijuana, from how to grow it to how to consume it. That has translated over to the reform movement and the industry because a lot of the most active people in both arenas have a background in the blackmarket in one fashion or another.

The second reason is that the world of marijuana is still largely un-established. There are no national brands, and no organization or activist that stands above all others. I get asked quite often, especially by reporters, who is the ‘head’ of the marijuana movement and/or industry. I always respond with ‘there isn’t one.’ It’s a collection of people, many of whom are fighting for position in an attempt to rise to the top of the imaginary marijuana pyramid. This leads to so many people trying to bash others, trying to thwart others’ efforts, trying to claim that they can do it bigger and better, that they always ‘know a guy’, etc.

It really makes me sad, especially when it comes to activism. We are all suppose to be on the same team, fighting for the same end result. However, all to often organizations and activists don’t work together, whether it be at the local or national level. The same is true in the marijuana industry. I have seen many times a scenario in which someone could make a solid business decision that would benefit them greatly, but thinks that someone who is unfounded could do it better, or don’t want want to work with a particular person or company because pride or ego gets in the way. That is something I just can’t fit my head around.

When it comes to activism, we should all be on the same team because, in theory, we are all working towards the same goal. It shouldn’t matter who gets the credit, or who gets to lead the charge. I get to meet a lot of people from the industry, and I have to say, at the first sign that someone’s head is so big it barely fits in the room I walk away. I have left quite a few meetings abruptly leaving the ego maniac(s) scratching their heads wondering why I wasn’t continuing to listen to every word they had to say in awe. Pride and ego have hindered the marijuana reform movement. We would be even farther along if we could have always worked together. Pride and ego are hindering the industry too. While marijuana veterans are elbowing each other for position, outsiders are flooding the industry and succeeding, which makes me sad because the industry should be made up of those that fought so hard to get it legal in the first place, not corporate types that were never there for the struggle.

If this article has rubbed some people in the marijuana world the wrong way, it was meant to. If those people feel that this article is not politically correct, good, that’s what I was going for. This article is meant for swing voters or mainstream media. It’s meant for those that are inside of the ‘marijuana fishbowl.’ Drop your ego. Swallow your pride. Don’t worry about who gets credit. People are tired of your crap, and you will continue to be abandoned by people that are tired of pissing contests.

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  1. Thymomenos Kinopythekos on

    Since Emery’s release he has done nothing but self promote, demonstrate his huge ego, damage his wife’s hard earned political capital and showed us all his lack of political aptitude.
    I was a supporter of Emery’s during his incarceration, but, since being released, in public at least, I concede he could be very different in private, he’s shown himself to be, what we Brits politely call, a tit and I honestly thought this article was about him.

  2. You must remember there is a group within this movement working hand and hand with the government to create this atmosphere there is a bit of divide and conquer going on they want everyone against each other but the over all plan is to consolidate and try to control through a few large groups over time. Therefore wiping out all the lower financed competition. Yes there are great people even working for bad companies. But they can not see the bigger picture. Its vital for the industry minded people to not forget where all this came from , Medical patients which it helps the most. Its about how well the medicine helps you not how frosty the nug is. WE should all be proud of the strains coming forth now , but remember that was created in a community of growers over years and years of trial and error. Not some kid who is 19 and got his dads seeds and now hes a master grower who invented the whole thing, just give that silly thought up. There is a reason there is disfunction and mis information there are corporations now involved who want nothing more than a monopoly. So wake up people and start to unite in this more organic , democratic effort.

  3. You can’t give away everyone’s rights to corporations first, and THEN give us back our rights.

    We need to repeal INDIVIDUAL rights removals FIRST, if we want to just be able to grow a plant in our own gardens.

    If we stupidly allow our rights to FIRST be given away to corporations and various facets of government–and yes, it DOES appear that’s EXACTLY the path that we’re allowing “other people to choose FOR US”–those governments and corporations will have BILLIONS to fight “to protect their eternal financial interests.”

    Government does NOT give a damn about you or me or the guy down the road. They care about FIAT CURRENCY, and getting as much of it in THEIR control as possible.

    Until we address the core of the issue, it’s like saying we want to cut down the tree because it’s destroying the roof, and picking off the off leaf here or there, and honestly wondering why we keep needing to replace the roof…AND getting the bills for all of it.

  4. Karen Ferguson on

    My hat is off to you Johnny! As much as you are grumbling and have every right to, you’ve still been of service for 16 years, starting in high school. In my book, that rocks, hands-down! Thank you.

  5. Still so many people that believe the lies surrounding marijuana. It makes me crazy. Although even in the newly turned red state I live in people are waking up and interestingly this is not a partisan issue. Probably as many Republicans are for legalization as are Democrats.

  6. your bad im good=laws=broken laws=ppl incarcerated=jobs for the guys that tell the rest of us what we can and cant do pff and the wheels on the bus go…….our indifferences provide livelyhood for the other half that write these laws..its a living, for them, and it stinks to hi heaven. where were we?

  7. please maybe explain just what you think he actually did
    but like before I will again prove all you do is list emerys own lies

    he did nothing but promote himself and was paid the whole time to do so as he gouged users and hid behind them

    no one did more to try to hinder me in my efforts to do the political work so many others failed to do

    some of you make me wish I had never bothered and some of you are fools and simply trying to pretend you actually do something because you whine on the internet

    if you have not been beaten or jailed don’t bother with any of your crap put downs of me as you peddle junk and think you are an activist because you use pot

  8. its as if big tobaco and big pharma agreed; you make them sick and we’ll TRY to make them better and we will prosper, its all a house of cards built by liars and suited thieves

  9. I’ve put forth a pretty simple and elegant solution. If you don’t like it post something better. Frankly I think most of our disagreement is mere semantics but I’ll leave that for you to clarify.

  10. From my 20 year look at the Oregon legalization movement from the inside I’d say the biggest crippling problem we have is the dysfunction factor. It’s always amazed me. You’d think we could unite & work on the one goal.

  11. yup 6 plants- real greedy. the REAL greedy growers are the corporate players (ie. dispensaries) who want to be the ONLY ones allowed to grow. You wouldnt be a shill for those guys, now would you?

  12. Ignorance is the “belief” that statutes designed to take away all of your rights can be “tweaked a little bit” or “added to” or “renamed so they sound a little better” is the way to convert those statutes “to restore all of the rights they were specifically designed to remove.”

    Want it over? MAKE IT over.

    Want it forever? Keep “believing” that refusing to end the problem is the way to end the problem.

    I really can’t understand why this is so astronomically difficult for people to understand? Hasn’t a century of incontrovertible evidence been proof enough that not ending the problem doesn’t end the problem?

    I guess we’ll just have to lose everything before we care enough to do what we “say” we want done.

    I wonder if it’ll be easier to get all of our rights back after we lost them all, than to restore our rights BEFORE we have to fight for every last little scrap of humanity that we continue to refuse to fight for today?

  13. The only reason I used that example was to show an instance of where a product that is not allowed to be produced in the home is widely consumed and consumers DON’T feel their freedom is restricted. – There are plenty of other examples.

    Stop arresting consumers first. That’s a big enough battle all by itself. Then we can work out the other details.

    It seems like most against this are greedy growers trying to hold millions of marijuana consumers hostage until they get what THEY want. – Not nice.

  14. Also, EVERYONE in reform leadership has a huge ego. It would be hard to get the job done without it.

    Marc Emery has contributed IMMENSELY to marijuana reform. Those who snipe at him show their ignorance.

  15. I read his comment. The difference between Rick Stevens and Rick Steves is HUGE. The first is no one well-known. The second is the world-reknowned travel writer that is also a tremendous marijuana reform activist and on the board of NORML.

    IF it was a typo, it’s still a gross misrepresentation of an important marijuana reformer.

    That was my point. Sorry you missed it.

  16. Always has been. The easiest way to spot a fraud is when they REFUSE to say the words “We need to REPEAL cannabis prohibition NOW.”

    NORML NEVER WILL!

    And based on last year’s event in Toronto…they never will in Canada, either.

    They even try to keep anyone from saying it…thinking that you’re not smart enough to understand what they’re doing, when they “reschedule speakers” more than a dozen times…once–LITERALLY–while I was walking up to the stage for my fifth or sixth rescheduled speaking slot!

  17. Marc should have NEVER been “exported to a foreign prison”, especially for what was very clearly and repeatedly stated on both sides of the border as being PURELY FOR POLITICAL REASONS. Not just the US side, but the Canadian side as well! And both sides FREELY AND PUBLICLY admitted it! REPEATEDLY! d=^o

    That having been said…we’re pretty much in agreement. Jodie has done far more damage to “the movement as a whole” and to Marc’s (increasingly questionable) reputation over the last few years, and it’s been an annoyingly constant topic of discussion behind the scenes for far too long.

    I’ve never made any claims to want anything other than the REPEAL of cannabis prohibition, so that ANY RESPONSIBLE ADULT with a need, or a simple desire, to use possess or grow cannabis have their rights to do so restored.

    I don’t care who makes money, provided that it is NOT the government (who will use it against us, as they always do) and it is NOT corporations, at our expense, and at artificially inflated costs to us all.

    Let’s get our freedoms restored FIRST. Then we can adapt existing food/medicine standards for the many and varied uses of cannabis for public consumption.

  18. NORML is a total sham! sorry you were crucified by a bunch of “freedom lovers!” that so many claim to be.

  19. I would not call any interactions with the Emerys as pleasurable. I take it you meant that totally sarcastically though :) If you’re on their bad side they will let it be known and they will attempt to smear you and badmouth you at every turn.

  20. When Marc Emery went to jail I felt some sympathy but that quickly turned to disgust. Jodie Emery’s weekly whinefests begging for donations so she can visit Marc in comfort and in style wore on my last nerve. Since when did paying for her airfare help aid repeal of prohibition? Some blind sheeple will argue that it helped keep Marc strong! Oh, Please. he had it so easy compared to any prisoner for cannabis who isn’t a “known” entity and doesn’t have their face plastered on Canadian news channels every friggin minute! He had plenty of food to eat, plenty of phone time to make calls, all footed by his supporters many of them so sick and and having to rub dimes together to make ends meet. Now he’s out, who is he helping? Who’s she helping? Taking selfies with a cancer patient, oh look at me? I’m a big man who helps sick people! Please, you’re a business man, you’re not a hero and your wife isn’t anything to write home about either.

  21. On a radio show a few years back, I brought up the thought that many people were starting to say the word “REschedule”, and that, from a statutory perspective (and given the total historical context “that government does the opposite of what they promise, AFTER they get you to vote for something”) that there was a risk that OUR EMPLOYEES would use “rescheduling” as a means to continue prohibition, and expand it further.

    I brought up the idea because there was a lawyer on the show that night as well. Sadly, he agreed with my fears, and actually being a lawyer, he filled in the blanks in how it could go down.

    His thoughts were that, under “rescheduling cannabis to a lower level”, the government could then say something along the lines of “We’ve decided to reschedule cannabis…because that’s what the people voted for…and we are issuing a blanket BAN on all forms of cannabis, while we perform all due-diligence scientific and medical studies, to be sure that it’s safe.” Basically, he said that it might not just be a casual pothead ban”, but a UNIVERSAL BAN, which would very likely scoop up medicinal users, medicinal growers, legitimate dispensaries and more…under the “legal pretense of keeping the stupid public (who just aren’t as smart as politicians) safe from themselves.”

    This is why I listened to Dennis Peron, when he said that it’s time to DEschedule cannabis entirely.

    It really is the only way to have a toe in the door towards getting government out of our decisions…at least as far as cannabis is concerned.

    Of course…if we have sense enough to stop playing their statutory games, and end ONE huge problem that they deliberately and fraudulently created…we might then have sense enough to tackle some of their other frauds…like their replacing of “money” with their “fiat currency” Ponzi scheme, maybe?

    Of course, we need a first successful repair of the damage, before the precedent can be set. Doesn’t look to me as though we’re moving in that direction, though.

  22. Obviously, “your agenda” precludes “listening to what people actually say.”

    (Might want to keep scrolling, and try READING a bit while you’re at it…instead of putting words into people’s mouthes which ares the exact opposite of what they’ve actually said on this very page, only a few short days ago, as well as hundreds of times over the last decade in other places.)

  23. Great piece with many salient points. We’re new to the sector — we launched our blog about six months ago — and have encountered plenty of monstrous egos so far. That said, there are lots of examples of generous, passionate, and compassionate folks working in and for cannabis…they just don’t always get the headlines. Thanks for putting this out there; it’s an important issue to consider and definitely a relevant dialogue. We at Weekend Review Kit appreciate what you’re doing over here at The Weed Blog!

  24. Ever heard of a “typo”? If you had read the other comments on this thread, you might have realized he meant SteveNs as the last name. WOW…he missed a letter!!!!

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